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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the things that you will discover as you use these templates more and more is that you want to save specific customizations to the different templates. Here, let's take a look at how we can save some of our own custom templates. Well the first thing that we want to do is we want to scroll through our template list and then we want to make a selection. Say, for example, like this option here. It's a Flash gallery and it is called Pure Black. Well this particular template is really nice yet there are a few things that I want to change. For example, I need to change the site information.
So I will go into the Site Info field. What I am going to do is just change the Site Title. I will go ahead and add my name there, and then I will type out Photography as well. In this case, I will press Enter or Return, and I can see that updated up top. Well the other thing I can do is I can change the collection title. I will delete that, delete the collection description and also I am going to delete my contact name and my Web mail link, just to keep this really simple. Okay well now I have a much more simple version of this. There may be a few other things I want to do.
Let's go through our panels. Here in Color Palette, we could customize the color of the text or of the background, etcetera. What about Appearance? Well in Appearance we can include an identity plate if we want to swap out what we have here with something different. We can also change the overall size of our images and our thumbnails. Again, in this case, I'll just leave this as is. All right, well what about Image Info? Well in this case, no title, no caption. So I will go ahead and turn those options off. Then in Output Settings there are some things important that I want to do here.
I want to include my copyright. So on the Watermarking field, I will choose a copyright that I have created for Web gallery. In this case it puts a copyright in the middle of the image. Whenever you look at your images or whenever you select that watermark, it is always a good idea just to see how that watermark covers up your photographs. Here we can select a sharpening amount and in this case I will leave this on the default of Standard. All right, well now that we've made these customizations and keep in mind you can make any type of changes that you want. I am just selecting a few that I like here.
What we want to do next is create a template. We can do so by scrolling back to the top and by clicking on the plus icon, or you can press Command+N on a Mac, Ctrl+N on Windows in order to create a new template. Here what I am going to do is go ahead and name this one. I will call this one Black - CO for my initials, and I will save this in my User Templates folder and here I will simply click Create. Now the great thing about this if we close our Lightroom template, you will see we have the User Templates below. So if at any time, we are in Lightroom and we choose a different template and we realize, you know what, this isn't the one that I want, we can always go back to our User Templates and then simply select that and here you'll see that it will then regenerate this Web gallery based on all the different preferences that we dialed in in our panels.
Working with templates can be a great way to speed up your overall workflow. It also can be really helpful to reinforce your overall brand. What I mean by that is that if every time you send your client a Web gallery, if it is always the same, it will feel cohesive, it feel like yes this is what I am looking at, I get who I'm working with here. On the other hand, if we are always sending them something different with all these different variations, sometimes it can be distracting so they are focusing on the variations and not the photographs. So again just a little thought to keep in mind, that we can use these custom templates to not only speed up our overall workflow, but to also further deepen and reinforce our overall brand.
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